FINA Swimming World Cup
Launched in 1979, the FINA Swimming World Cup gathers world-class swimmers in a series of two-day meets organised between August and November each year.
Across seven or eight locations, the circuit is structured in clusters (Middle East, Europe and Asia) and distributes a total of prize money reaching US$ 2 million.
A total 36 events are on the competition programme, including two mixed relays.
FINA Swimming World Cup 2014
|August 27-28||Doha (QAT)
|August 31 - September 1
||Hong Kong (HKG)
|October 8-9||Moscow (RUS)|
|November 1-2||Singapore (SIN)
* dates to be confirmed
SWC 2011, Singapore day 1: Le Clos in top shape, Thorpe makes timid start
SINGAPORE, Singapore - The first Asian stop of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup featured Chad Le Clos (RSA) having the top performance of the day and walking away with three victories in the 200m butterfly (1:51.05), 100m individual medley (53.06) and 400m individual medley (4:04.16).
The toughest battle was probably in the 100m IM where the South African talent had to contend with the likes of powerful Markus Rogan from Austria. For the two swimmers, the only way to get noticed amid the frenzy surrounding Ian Thorpe's comeback was to win a race, which Le Clos did in convincing fashion. All three made it to the 100m IM final. Rogan was the swiftest in the heat (55.25), 0.5 ahead of Le Clos while Thorpe finished sixth (56.74). In the final, Le Clos emerged victorious while Rogan and Thorpe placed sixth and seventh respectively.
Thorpe: "I am more nervous than I usually am"
Australian swimming icon Ian Thorpe revealed a little about his expectations at a press conference held today in Singapore in sight of the fifth leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup taking place from November 4-5. This will be the first competition for Thorpe since 2006. Here are some extracts:
"It's not going to be extraordinary and it's not going to be horrible. That's quite a vast range, so I expect to hit something in the middle there. I have to remind myself that I am a guy who hasn't swum for five years. I forget that sometimes and I think other people do as well. This is an important step for what I am trying to do next year. This is a starting point."
SWC 2011, Berlin day 2: Five more gold for USA
BERLIN, Germany - The United States won five more events on the second day, consolidating their overall supremacy on the meet: Missy Franklin took gold both in the 100 free and the 100 back; Michael Phelps won the 200 IM – setting the best performance of the day with 952 FINA Points – and the 200 backstroke while Allison Schmitt took the 400 freestyle. This trio, plus Ryan Lochte, will represent the backbone of the American Olympic team at London 2012. The best performances occurred on the first day, when both a new world record and a World Cup record were set.
1500 FREE MEN. As the race developed Sergiy Frolov (UKR), the silver medallist at the 2010 Short Course European Championships, and Sebastien Rouault (FRA), the gold medal winner at the 2010 Long Course Europeans fought head to head for victory. The French prevailed in 14:48.31, with Frolov less than two seconds away, in 14:50.15. German Manuel Schwarz (CLB) was third in 15:03.18.
SWC 2011, Berlin day 1: Missy Franklin sets 200m back WR
800 FREE WOMEN. Lotte Friis won easily in 8:16.99. She almost encountered no opposition except for Elena Sokolova in the first half of the race. The Danish is the World Cup record holder, with 8:04.61 she set at Berlin’s world cup meet in 2009.
100 FREE MEN. Brent Hayden, the giant from Vancouver (CAN), who celebrated his 28th anniversary yesterday, gave himself a gift by winning this important race in 47.07 over Stefan Nystrand (SWE), 47.23. While the Canadian savoured a triumph, his co-winner of the long course world title in 2007, Filippo Magnini of Italy, faced a different fate: he finished only 7th, in 48 seconds flat (7th also at half race).
SWC 2011, Moscow day 2: Phelps gets second gold, Franklin shines among women
MOSCOW, Russia - The second and final day of the Moscow leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup ended with the second victory of 14-times Olympic champion Michael Phelps in the 200m back. The triumph was achieved by the famous swimmer after two disappointing races. Phelps finished second in the 200m free and didn’t make the podium in the 100m butterfly. But that was disappointing only for the audience (for the first time in Moscow the entry to the pool wasn’t free and all tickets were sold). Phelps himself just pointed out that his participation at World Cup is a part of the Olympic preparation. So the place is not so important for now.
"There is a good chance to test myself in a very unusual situation – short course, Phelps said. It is a good experience for me". For the rivals, however, this possibility to swim together with the great champion was very important. As well as the chance to beat him.
SWC 2011, Moscow day 1: Super-star Michael Phelps appears "modest"
MOSCOW, Russia - At the press conference, marking the opening of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup event in the Moscow “Olympiyskiy” swimming pool, the president of the Russian Swimming Federation Vladimir Salnikov proudly said: "The tickets are sold out".
The reason for the sellout at the competition – a traditional one, held in Moscow already for the seventh time – is Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the world, 14-time Olympic champion. Naturally, a question was asked at the press conference: "Why Michael Phelps is in Moscow? Obviously, he was paid a lot of money to compete here". The question is a reasonable one, Phelps is the Usain Bolt of swimming and the famous Jamaican does not participate even in IAAF competitions without a half-a-million-dollar appearance fee.
SWC 2011, Stockholm day 2: Sjostroem shines at home, Le Clos reinforces overall lead
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - After getting the fastest performance of the second meet of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup in Stockholm (SWE), by winning the women’s 200m free on Day 1, Sarah Sjostroem (SWE) was again in evidence in the second finals’ session, getting the gold in the 100m free, in a time of 52.44. In the 400m free, she got the silver in 4:03.60, narrowly losing the race to Australia’s Angie Bainbridge (4:03.02).
Other local successes in this second and last day in Stockholm included the triumph of Jennie Johansson in the women’s 50m breaststroke (30.05), the gold of Stefan Nystrand in the men’s 50m free (21.70), and the inevitable Therese Alshammar in the women’s 50m butterfly (25.23).
SWC 2011, Stockholm day 1: Alshammar wins twice, Sjostroem best performer
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Sarah Sjostroem was the hero of the first day of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup, taking place in Stockholm (SWE), clocking the fastest time of the finals’ session in the women’s 200m free – 1:52.92 (954 points). The spectators in the Eriksdalsbadet complex were happy to see a local star approaching the World Cup record in this event, established in 2010 by Femke Heemskerk (NED, 1:52.42). The silver medallist, Australia’s Angie Bainbridge, leading until the 150m-mark, touched home in 1:53.03 (951 points), the second best performance of the day.
Swedish swimmers had more opportunities to shine in the women’s 100m breaststroke (victory of Jennie Johansson in 1:05.27), and in the women’s 100m butterfly (triumph of Therese Alshammar in 55.99). With this result, Alshammar (34 years old and winner of the overall World Cup in 2010) established the third best result among women, with 950 points. The Swedish “diva” added a second medal to her tally, by winning in the 50m free in a time of 23.80. Finally, in the men’s 100m free, Stefan Nystrand (who will turn 30 on October 20) got the gold in a slow time of 47.08.
SWC 2011, Dubai day 2: Chad Le Clos (RSA) collects three more gold medals
DUBAI, UAE - The first leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup was highlighted by the superb performances of South African Chad Le Clos (aged 19) winner of six events (100m, 200m and 400m individual medley, 100m and 200m butterfly and 200m backstroke). By doing so, Le Clos put his country ahead of the medal table, while China and Japan (five gold each) followed the African nation!
After winning three races on the first day, no one expected Le Clos to shine in the 100m butterfly at this level, especially at this stage of the season. Le Clos managed to beat his personal best in 50.66, performing also the best world time of the season. He advanced by 48 hundredths of a second Russian Evgeny Korotyshkin (51.14), the reigning world champion and record holder in this distance. The African continent got a second podium presence in this event, thanks to the bronze of Jason Dunford (KEN, 51.70). Le Clos was also the best in the 200m individual medley, touching first in 1:55.14, less than a second off his personal best (1:54.28). He beat for the fourth time in two days Dinko Jukic (AUT, 1:56.10), bronze medallist at the 2010 European Championships. Third place went to Japanese Yuma Kosaka in 1:56.93. In the 200m backstroke, Le Clos concluded his participation in Dubai, by getting the gold in 1:55.95 (personal best), in front of Brazilian Nelson Silva Junior (1:58.37) and Sweden's Kristian Kron (1:58.41).
SWC 2011, Dubai day 1: Chad Le Clos (RSA) scores a hat-trick
DUBAI, UAE - Dubai acquires taste in organising international swimming events. After hosting the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) from December 15-19, 2010 the city continues this year by being part for the first time of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup programme. 27 nations are in Dubai for the opening leg of the 2011 Series. The United Arab Emirates became the 19th country (and sixth Asian nation) and Dubai the 43rd city (and the seventh in Asia) to host a World Cup stage.
On Day 1, three continents - Europe (six victories), Asia (six) and Africa (five) - shared the 17 events on the programme. Out of the 27 nations, 18 had a swimmer climbing the podium. And it looks like the Asian swimmers are well determined to impose themselves at this year's Series for the first time since 2002 with the introduction of the points table to establish the final individual rankings.
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